Carton Of Milk | Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The key to a sessionable beer is the way it evolves over time well spent. Here we took an extremely dark malt bill and smashed it against the sweetness of milk, then we wafted black currant notes of Bullion hops through the middle. Nuanced to keep it an interesting part of a gathering while neither dominating nor being inconsequential to banter. Drink Carton Of Milk because it does a session good.

Added by Jimmys on 01-22-2012

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Photo of q33jeff
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: barley, toasted barley Appearance: dark black color, medium white head. Creamy. Taste...Bitter chocolate. Feel...Low carbonation. On tap at Blend. Hockey Season opener, win 2-0."


In a 4-beer carton sampler at Blend. CoM was on tap with Nitro.
Not exciting, The nitro definitely made it nice and smooth, but roughness was not really a problem to begin with.

Good beer, but a little lacking in flavor to be taken seriously.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First pour from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours pitch black with two fingers of pillowy mocha foam. Aroma is dark roast malt, bitter chocolate, with a hint of sweetness. First sip is full of bitter roast coffee flavors, with just a kiss of lactose sweetness on the back end. Finishes thin with a long lingering roast bitterness.

This drinks nicer once your palate adjust itself to the bitterness. Easy to quaff, but I would prefer this if it were a touch sweeter and maybe a touch less bitter.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Chicago Uno's

Look - A nice black color w/ a nice two finger khaki head
Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, some sweetness, hints of chocolate
Taste - Mostly just roasted malts, some coffee, very slight chocolate, sweet creamy type lactose notes

Overall - Not a whole lot going on with this one but for a 4% milk stout......I liked it a lot.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark in E. Northport, pours pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that was thick and didn't budge, dissipating very slowly and leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of roasted malt, cocoa powder, charred wood, coffee grinds, light vanilla, peat moss, char and more burnt chocolate malts. Not sweet at all, this brew is full of charred malts, chocolate and roasted grains.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malt, cocoa powder, toffee, charred wood, coffee grinds, light vanilla, caramel, peat moss, smoke and burnt chocolate malts. Bitterness is present, but the sweetness mellows it out with milky qualities that make this very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Cycle69
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler. Love the delicious roasted flavour, which is definitely the highlight on this one. And it also has a nice mouth feel for the ABV.

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Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Owl Farm and loved it. It's a deep, flavorful milk stout with the drinkability of a great dry stout. There are big roasted cocoa and fresh coffee tastes, and then the lactose sweetness slides in to balance the beer. Great balance, fun to drink, go get a glass.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the roasty malts here. Such an interesting beer. Nice smooth mouth feel and just a little bit of sweetness in there to. Hats off to carton once again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On nitro tap at World of Beer in Guilderland, NY.

This one pours with the wonderful cascading nitro effect, and settles to a dark glossy black, with a tight, foamy bone-white head, and tons of lacing. Poured well, which is nice.

Smells like dark, charred roasted malt, lactose, and dark chocolate.

This is honestly the first nitro beer that I've ever enjoyed. This is super dry, doesn't feel a whole lot like a milk stout, more like an Irish dry stout, but that's ok. As it warms, some lactose sweetness, but it's mostly all bitter dark roasted malt. As stated in the aroma, the roasted malt almost has a charred character to it. There's some bitter dark chocolate, and vanilla creaminess from the nitro.

This is medium bodied, it borders on watery, but luckily doesn't go too far down that road. It's got an insanely creamy mouthfeel.

This was delicious, and one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a growler, pours jet black with a thin ring of light brown head circling the top of the glass.

The nose is bitter hops, dark chocolate, lactose, a little roast and earthy notes to it. The flavor is bitter, dark malt, chocolate, caramel and a little heavy cream. The mouthfeel is bitter, clean, but bitter.

Overall, this is tasty, but for me this has a little bit too much bitter hop content and it overpowers the chocolate and lactose notes.

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Photo of Gavage
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color. A nice 1" head lingers around a while before settling as a thin surface covering.

Smell: roasted malts are all you can detect.

Taste: roasted malts, hints of pumpernickel bread, light cream, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start followed by a smooth velvety finish.

Overall: a very easy to drink milk stout that hits the spot when you want one.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a nice black color with a nice tan head

Smell: Nice roasty malts, some cream, and chocolate

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and cream

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Very good, certainly a session beer. A nice milk stout since it isn't overly sweet or overly heavy

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Photo of Neorebel
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this a few times both on tap at a restaurant, and on nitro tap at the brewery. I feel like this one really puts the 'milk' back in milk stout! Supremely smooth and creamy, it's light with a 'Whoppers' candy flavor. Satisfyingly dry finish as well. Great with a meal or to throw back with friends!

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Photo of leantom
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got to try this at the brewery. Here goes:

A: Looks quite good. Pours a huge head that leaves adequate lacing. The beer is also pitch black, i.e., espresso-colored.

S: Lots of burnt malt, lactose sugar, milk, and cream. The creaminess of the lactose sugar and the darkly-kilned, burnt malt go well together. However, these scents are somewhat subdued relative to other milk stouts that I've had. Just good.

T: Good, but somewhat light. Burnt malt mixed with lactose sugar (the latter mitigates the former somewhat). The tastes aren't as robust as I was hoping, but the beer is very sessionable.

F: Too light. Could use more malt.

O: Good beer with some drawbacks. Good overall, though.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a shaker pint.

Near-black with 1 finger of creamy, tan head with good retention.

Roasted barley, milk chocolate, and caramel.

Roasted barley, earthy char, and bitter dark chocolate. Notes of caramel with a light, milky sweetness.

Light bodied, smooth, refreshing, and well balanced.

An excellent Milk Stout that is extremely quaffable.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, some ruby hues where light pokes through and great lacing. Notes of roasted grain, coffee, and char. Lighter body, good carbonation and very drinkable. Solid session beer if your looking for a different kind of session.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery, in a flight.
Carton Brewing "Carton Of Milk" Stout
Shhh. I think they're working on a canned Nitro release....
A: Solid stout appearance. Looks like a pint of Guinness, black-brown with a creamy light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: stout aroma with roasted dark malts; black coffee acidity, fresh, big, inviting.

T: Follows the smell with strong stout flavor.There a sweetness in the foretaste, but it doesnt finish sweet, and I like that see saw. full flavored, complex, and yet simple - when fresh this is a great brew.

F: It's thicker than Guinness, and smooth... so plenty of claim to being a great milk stout - up there with Stone, Left Hand and Keenan's

Must try.

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Photo of BJC
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cask conditioned at the Brick House in South Plainfield, NJ. They serve the cask beer warm, so I asked for a super frosted glass. It's delicious. The ABV is low enough so that I can enjoy three pints with an order of wings. I reminded me of Guinness from years ago. It wasn't sweet at all, so I wonder if the reference to milk is just a name with no lactose sugar added. I hope to be back soon before they run out.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-d growler. Always iffy with that. No in-store consumption what now?

Inky black body. Chocolate head. 40 minutes from home, already losing it's grip on the nitro.

Smell is charred toast, with a buttery cocoa powder thing going on. Just a twinge of coffee.

Peanuty, subtle wafer sweetness, but lingering citrusy bitterness. moderate acidity. Closer to a dry stout then anything. Calcium & saline finish.

Carbonation was quietly leaving out the side entrance. Started off at about an average, prickly fizz, & ended at just a trickle above flat, all in about 2 hours.

Damn, now I'm searching the fridge for something sweet. Grrr...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Carton

A pretty standard stout here. Looked as you might expect: dark brown-black with a sturdy cap of tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Basic stouty aroma: dark malts, roasty, notes of coffee and cocoa. Taste was pretty average, dark roasty malts, again, notes of coffee and baker's chocolate, not much lactose sweetness, which is fine, but with a name like "Carton of Milk," I'd kind of expect the milk-stout aspect (aka lactose) to be used a little more liberally. Body was about medium, decent mouthfeel, not as smooth as I would like, but I'd bet a nitro tap would really help this beer. An ok stout overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Carton Brewing "Carton Of Milk" Stout
Poured via nitrogen dispense at Fountain Porter in Philadelphia on 11/08/2013 ($4 pint during Happy Hour)

Typical stout appearance. Looks like a pint of Guinness, black-brown with a creamy light tan head above. Is this always poured via nitrogen? Excellent head retention and lacing. Really faultless with full sheets of lace along the side made up of many rings of lace stuck together.

Typical stout aroma with roasty, dark malts; black coffee acidity; and dark chocolate. There's nothing missing, nor does anything odd stand out, just as expected. Fresh and bright at least.

Typical stout flavor. Oddly, it's not that "milk stout"-like. There IS a hint of lactose - and I'm not sure how I'm even finding that because lactose is not really a sweet sugar (it's not a sweet beer, it's actually quite dry), but it's noticeable so lactose must have some flavor to it. Or am I imagining that based on the knowledge that it's a milk stout? I think not; it reminds me a wee bit of Mackeson's (although who knows who's even brewing that now, or what it tastes like today). It's good but it's not as full-flavored as I'd expected...

...nor does it have the mouthfeel of a milk stout. It's thicker than Guinness, that's for sure, but it's not nearly as full in the mouth as I remember Mackeson's (brewed by Whitbread) before they got bought out by InBev. Still, it's OK. It's quite smooth... so I again questions, is this beer intended to be served via nitrogen dispense?

Putting aside the question of whether or not this is a "proper" milk stout, I'll simply address it from a hedonistic side (because as it does have lactose added, it's obviously a "true" milk stout). I liked it. I'd have had another if there weren't so many other good choices at hand. Worth trying.

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Photo of socon67
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with no foam retention. Lacing is minimal. Actually, it looked relatively flat for a stout.

S - Scents of roasted malt and cocoa is present. There is also a smell of vanilla and caramel. Has an overall smell of a good candy bar.

T - Has a strong flavor of roasted malt, sugary chocolate, and a bit of almonds.

M - Light bodied stout that is complex on flavor and light on the stomach. Easy to have a few of these.

O - Not a bad stout, and a sessionable one at that.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is very dark red (near black) in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lactose in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose but also an equal amount of dark and roasted malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
O: This beer seems to have more flavors of roasted malts compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pony Bar. Pours black with a head that's a little on the small side for the style; fair retention, but decent creamy looking lacing on the glass. Aroma is very roasty; mild sweet chocolatey notes emerge as well as an undercurrent of bitter hops that become more assertive as the beer comes to temperature.

The flavor follows the nose and is aggressively roasty, almost burnt, as advertised. Frankly it's a little bit dominating in the overall taste and throws things a little out of whack for my palate. Mild sweetness and chocolate flavor, and again, a late emerging, surprising strong hoppy bitter note not usually encountered in this style.

The body and carbonation both are medium; somewhat vaguely fizzier than I'd like; and the milky lactose creaminess in both taste and feel could be more present.

I'm a big fan of this brewery in general but this was just good, not great, for me. Didn't really hit all the satisfying notes I look for in a milk stout. Not the typical attempt at this style, which is cool in and of itself, but I didn't find the end result to be outstanding.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few weeks ago at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and light to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, pine hops, floral hops, earthy notes, chalk, light cream. Decent nose; hoppier than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, chalky, earthy notes, pine hops, floral hops, resin, toasted malts, and some light coffee. Again, a decent amount of hops in the taste.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent milk stout. Not too sweet, but more of a hoppy stout, which I am usually not too crazy about. Some nice chocolate and roasty notes with pine hops, worth checking out if you like hoppy stouts, but not Carton's best. I'd stick to their other beers.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very sessionable brew with a great hop profile and a light body and moderate carbonation. I can easily polish off a few pints of this before moving on to an 077 "dub dub."

Pour is nearly pitch black with a wispy whitish head. Some stickyness to the head making for some decent lacing. Held to the light deep chestnut highlights are evident at the edges.

Smell is floral hoppiness with some roasty notes -- a touch of coffee?? Some pine?

Taste is more on the dry side than the sweet, the malt is there, some espresso, some sour notes, but the kicker is the strong hop profile. Caught me by surpise when they called it a "milk stout" I was expecting more sweetness than I found. Not disappointed though, I love the flavor profile trending toward the hops on this one. Refreshing and light. Works year round for this Bayshore dweller. I would pair this with some local shellfish or a surf-caught Striper.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall this is a great go to beer from the first brewery in Atlantic Highlands since the Dutch Arrived here in the 1600's.

Keep up the good work lads!

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